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Patch Poll: What Should Trader Joe's do with its Leftover Food?

Film Director Jeremy Seifert has launched a campaign through change.org asking Trader Joe's to stop wasting food.

Every year, Americans throw away 96 billion pounds of food. This translates to 263 million pounds a day. 

That's why Dive! director Jeremy Seifert has launched a campaign through change.org asking Monrovia-based grocery store to stop wasting food.

"For many years now, I have fed my family food from the dumpster. It’s not because I can’t afford to shop at grocery stores like other, normal folks," he wrote on change.org. "It’s because supermarkets across the nation toss perfectly good meats, cheeses, eggs, and produce into the trash every, single day."

For Seifert, supermarkets stand out as one of the country's worst offenders in wasting food, and he hopes his campaign will inspire the “friendly neighborhood store” to donate the food to those in need rather than simply throwing it away. 

Thus far, 31,890 people have signed the petition

Patch asks: What do you think South Pasadena's Trader Joe's should do with it's leftover food? Do you know of a shelter in town in need of the donations? Weigh in below, and we're happy to pass your comments along to your local store! 

Sarah Parsons June 27, 2011 at 01:22 PM
Some individual TJ's stores *do* donate their soon-to-expire food to food banks, homeless shelters, etc. Others, however, do not do this (check out Seifert's film Dive for firsthand evidence: http://www.divethefilm.com/). What Jeremy Seifert is asking for is a COMPANY-WIDE, zero food waste policy. The stores that are already doing great work can keep on doing it, and those lagging behind would be forced to better manage their food waste.
Anthony Guthmiller June 28, 2011 at 09:36 PM
On behalf of everyone here at AIDS Service Center, we want to thank Trader Joes of South Pasadena for donating food every week to our clients. They have done this for over a year and have fed hundreds of individuals and familes in our community. A store wide policy would be good, but until then we are grateful for the support of individuals stores such as South Pasadena. They along with volunteers such as Linda Hess of Urban Harvester make the difference in what can do for our clients. Thank you.
carrie-ann lue sue July 12, 2011 at 04:14 PM
Every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, our local Trader Joe's of South Pasadena donates all their leftover baked goods, meats, salads, fruits and vegetables to support our food pantry, the Giving Bank at Holy Family Church in South Pasadena. It helps weekly supplement our dried groceries distributed to 250 low-income families and seniors. They also make a huge difference daily, to the homeless men and women who can't make the lines elsewhere as they look forward to those salads that would otherwise go to the trash! Other organizations would rather get paid for their leftovers to be turned into cattle feed or compost. Thank you Trader Joe's for all that you have done to reduce hunger in our community and surrounding areas!
Kristen Lepore July 12, 2011 at 05:40 PM
Thanks for sharing, Carrie-Ann. We recently spoke to Trader Joe's as well as the creator of the film Dive!, which was filmed in S. Pas and Pasadena. Filmmaker Jeremy Seifret says he's gotten a lot of slack for making the documentary but sticks to his claims that Trader Joe's does not donate enough and would like to see a company-wide policy. I'll let you know when the complete story is up.
Kristen Lepore July 26, 2011 at 11:53 PM
In case you haven't seen it yet. Here's our Trader Joe's follow-up published to Patch last week: http://patch.com/A-kvTr

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